Today in Weather History: Feb. 14 vs. Jan. 14
As we noted last month, January 14, statistically speaking, is virtually allergic to snow. That's not the case for today's date, however. The February 14 daily snowfall record of 4.9" in 1885, while far from the overall February daily record of 16.4" in the blizzard of Feb. 11, 1983, is still quite respectable. In the modern era, the record snowfall for the 14th at National Airport is a bit lower, 3.5" in 1970.
Despite the fairly low record amounts, however, in the 78 years since 1930, 1" or more of snow has fallen six times on February 14. The maximum snow frequency for February belongs to the 11th, with nine occurrences in the same period. At the other extreme, the fifth and the 21st have the fewest occurrences, only one each.
What are the chances of seeing at least 1" of snow on any given day in February? Less than 5%! Of the 2203 February days (including leap year) since 1930, only 104 have had at least 1" of snow.
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